The Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Mike Brown after losing a disappointing four out of five games this season -- one of the worst starts in franchise history.
Brown's agent Warren Legarie confirmed the news, according to multiple reports.
Brown was hired by Jim Buss, son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, to replace the retiring Phil Jackson in the summer of 2011. Prior to coaching the Lakers, Brown had spent five seasons spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was fired from that post in 2010 after failing to guide the team to a championship victory, shortly before LeBron James left the team for the Miami Heat.
Brown's deal was worth a guaranteed $18 million in the first three seasons, with a team option on the fourth.
Buying Brown out of his contract "wasn't an obstacle" for the ownership, reports Yahoo sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
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